Autumn Greetings from MyLiferaft!



As Autumn arrives we reflect on the Summer and the amazing members of our community who we have been lucky enough to meet, including an inspiring young lady called Susan*.  She has cerebral palsy, is non-verbal and uses eye-gaze technology to update MyLiferaft  – read her account here – a truly amazing individual!


CARERS UK – State of Caring Report 2019

“A Snap Shot of Unpaid Care in the UK”

During the Summer, Carers UK issued their State of Caring report based on information given by over 7,500 unpaid carers, most of whom provide over 50 hours of care every week – sometimes whilst holding down a paid job.  Other startling facts include:

  • 68% of carers are using their own income or savings to cover the cost of care
  • 39% say they are struggling to make ends meet
  • 53% are unable to save for retirement

To read the full report click here. 

We believe that by helping the carer, we help the person they are caring for and vice versa. MyLiferaft achieves this by becoming a personal assistant for everyone. Both the carer and the person they are caring for can add and share information as needed to regularly keep everyone updated. You can also monitor progress, details of what is working and what’s not, when you last visited a doctor and what medication you are taking etc. MyLiferaft enables you to contact people directly from the contact area, if you need support, access a host of resources and much more.


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If you are caring for a child or an adult, click to learn more about the positive impact MyLiferaft can have on your life and theirs.

If you know someone who is a carer and you would like to give them a helping hand, why not let them know about MyLiferaft.  All they need to do is log on to our website and click on the Try Now button.  There are no hidden catches, no payment details needed and it will make the world of difference.


Online News

Throughout the Autumn, we are going to be using our online channels to raise awareness of several different charities and conditions that may affect our community. To keep up-to-date, click to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Linked In.

  • September – Childhood Cancer, Ovarian Cancer and Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • October – Breast Cancer, SUDEP Action, ADHD Awareness, Mental Health and Dyslexia

We also use these channels to pass on stories, information and other support networks that we think you would find interesting and useful.  If you have a story to share please get in touch.


Family Information Services

If you are a parent, then you may have come across your local Family Information Services (FIS), but if you haven’t, then check them out as soon as you can!  Several of the MyLiferaft parents have used their local FIS as they provide a wealth of knowledge, expertise and links to services all aimed at supporting families: Family Information Services

  • Local childcare services; both paid for and funded.
  • Family Centres offering child-based activities,many of which are free!
  • Local places of interest such as National Trust properties, leisure centres, cinemas and clubs etc.

FIS also provide what is nationally called the Local Offer which provides additional services for families where there is a child with special educational needs.  MyLiferaft can be found on many FIS around the country including:  Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, West Berkshire,  Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire, Sheffield, Isle of Wight and Cornwall.





We love nothing better than a good excuse for cake!  Join the MyLiferaft Team on Friday 27th September in support of Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.


Thank you to everyone in the MyLiferaft community for your continued support.


Nicola Murgatroyd
CEO & Founder of MyLiferaft

Hot off the Press – Summer Newsletter!


Read All About It!

Welcome to the Summer edition of our Newsletter and after a slightly wet start to the season back in June, it looks like we are full steam ahead!

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It’s been a great few months for the team as we have been ‘out & about’ meeting people around the country.  We even left these shores and got a very warm welcome from the Isle of Wight Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus who were celebrating their 50th year!  This charity is of special interest to Nicola as her daughter Faith had these conditions, and it was really encouraging to see local professionals coming together to learn more about them.  If you would like a visit from a member of the MyLiferaft team to explain how MyLiferaft could help support your community or organisation, then please get in contact with us.

Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP)

Families with disabled children are struggling because of a lack of Government funding. The DCP and The Sun Newspaper have set up a campaign demanding that the Government ‘give back’ a £434 million cut in funding.  This equates to a daily shortfall of £1.2 million to support disabled children and their families living their best lives.  In turn, families are incurring ever greater costs for health and social care for their children, and disabled children are missing out on the funding they need.

We have signed up to support the Give It Back campaign, and it would be great if you could as well.  To find out more, click here.  Thank you.

Real Life Stories

Some of you may already be aware that the founder of MyLiferaft was herself a parent-carer.  Based on her experiences supporting her daughter Faith, who had multiple and complex care needs, Nicola knew there was an easier way to manage and share the information that comes with caring for someone with additional needs.  You can read about their story here .

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We have also teamed up with Christina Colmer-McHugh, the co-founder of Moodbeam, who was inspired by her 7-year old daughter struggling to deal with a tough situation at school.  Christina was left wondering what it would be like to know how her daughter was feeling when she wasn’t with her. She knew that this was a situation not unique to her, but shared by thousands of other parents.  Read more about Christina’s story here



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Summer Holiday Ideas

Calling all parents in our community – Don’t Panic!  The school summer holidays are just a few weeks away and if you are stuck for ideas on how to keep everyone entertained, then look no further than our Resources pages on the MyLiferaft website.  Packed with suggestions for all ages and abilities (as well as for all weather types!) you will find something to keep the ‘boredom blues’ away!

Check out our next blog in a few weeks’ time dedicated to helping you solve all your school holiday activity dilemmas – whatever the weather!

New Developments

We’ve been busy working to make MyLiferaft even more useful and intuitive.
When you next log in, visit the Contacts area to see how we’ve improved the ability to find people based on their relationship to you. If you access your account via a mobile phone, you can directly call, WhatsApp or Facetime someone.

In the About Me and Trackers sections you will find that some handy symbols have been added to help identify the different sections.



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Stay in Touch!

We love hearing from our MyLiferaft community so if you have something to say, something to share or need some support on using MyLiferaft, then please contact us via:

Don’t forget that you can also keep up-to-date with all things MyLiferaft via our social media channels.

And Finally….!

To help celebrate all things Summer, we are offering our community an exclusive promotional e-voucher below!  Normally costing £120.00, we are offering you a MyLiferaft Premium Account FREE for a year!  Just type the code NEWS365 when setting up your account.

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Here’s to a long, hot (but not too hot!) Summer!


Nicola Murgatroyd
CEO & Founder of MyLiferaft

Spring Newsletter

What’s Hot From MyLiferaft!

Can it really be that the clocks have changed, eager little eyes are keeping a look out for the Easter Bunny and the promise of some warmer Spring weather is just around the corner?!  They say that time flies when you are busy and having fun, and that is certainly the case here in the MyLiferaft office!

We were thrilled to be awarded the Naidex 2019 Professional Award last month which ‘credits the innovation that has made an immeasurable contribution towards the healthcare profession both now and into the future’.  This award has really put a ‘spring’ in our step as we continue to work to develop even more improvements to our product.

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School Holidays

For all parents, grandparents and carers of children, we are all hoping for some sunny days over the next few weeks as there are only so many rainy days we can manage with a glue stick, paints, spare toilet rolls and glitter!

Don’t forget you can use our online Resources to help you with ideas and suggestions for activities in all weathers!  At this time of year, there are Easter egg hunts being organised both nationally and locally, however you could always organise your own hunt either indoors or outdoors come rain or shine!

Parent Carers; You Are Not Alone

Undoubtedly, being a parent carer is a challenging role.  From the day-to-day care at home to juggling numerous medical appointments, usually with the added pressure of looking after other children – it can be tough, and it is not surprising that many parent carers feel they’re alone.

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However, here at MyLiferaft, we know first-hand that being a parent carer is also an extremely rewarding role. Seeing the care you give to a loved one and the positive impact on their quality of life, no matter how big or small it may seem, is priceless.  We also know it can be difficult to feel this way at times, when it feels like nothing is going your way.

Using our own experiences and in talking to our community (including other parent carers as well as those that are managing their own care and well-being), we’ve put together a comprehensive list of Resources that can be found on our website.  There are over 55 different subjects include including Bullying, Going Back to School, Bereavement, Dementia, Epilepsy, Mental Health, Benefit information, Autism and various NHS information websites. We hope that in having this list available 24/7, you feel that there is support available to you and your family.

Social Media

We are loving the interaction on social media at the moment, so a big THANK YOU to all of our followers across Twitter, Facebook and Linked In.  As well as informing our community on how MyLiferaft can help support you and those you love and care for, we also want to pass on stories, information and other support networks that we think you would find interesting and useful.  Do let us know if there is a story you think we should know about or that we should share.

New Developments & Ongoing Improvements

We are constantly reviewing MyLiferaft and looking at how we can add more benefits and features to give you and those you care for more support.  In the pipeline, and soon to be available will be:

  • MyLiferaft as an App available from the App Store
  • A Document Management area for keeping all your notes, medical letters and forms etc in one easy to reach place
  • The ability to put data from other products such as peak flow meters and blood pressure monitors automatically into your MyLiferaft trackers

To support those with dementia we have recently added an area for capturing your Life Story, which you can then share with carers to ensure they understand you and your memories.

We have had feedback that some of you may have had your ‘Welcome to MyLiferaft’ e-mail go into your junk box.  If you registered for an account and have not had an e-mail back that needs you to confirm registration, please check your junk e-mail, or contact us.

Talk to Us!

We love hearing from our MyLiferaft community so if you have something to say, something to share or need some support on using MyLiferaft, then please contact us via;

The team and myself are very excited as we ‘spring’ into the next few months and we continue to work for and with our community of users.


Nicola Murgatroyd
CEO & Founder of MyLiferaft



MyLiferaft February Newsletter

We would love to say that Spring is in the air, but as we are still in February, that is probably a little presumptive!


The weather has been interesting to say the least and may have stopped many of you getting out and about, however our Staying Active blog has got lots of top tips to stop those Winter Blues kicking in!

We are also very excited to be working with Care Radio UK to further support the caring community, whilst listening to great music and hearing inspiring stories.

Staying Active in 2019

There has been much reported over the last 12 months about how the benefits of keeping active can help improve both your health, emotional and mental well-being.  Whether you are training for a marathon, attending a yoga class or spending a few hours gardening, being active can bring many benefits.


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Having a disability, whether it is visible to other people or not, may have stopped you being active in the past, but please don’t let it stop you in the future.  A member of the MyLiferaft team was invited to attend the National Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium a few weeks ago with Wheelpower, and was amazed at the different activities that are now fully accessible to all.  Read our Active blog on more ways of staying active and how MyLiferaft can help support you in achieving your goals.

Local Offers

We are rolling out MyLiferaft across more areas around the UK by becoming part of the Local Offer.  Each Local Authority has a list of resources, called a “Local Offer”, and this is generally accessible via the family information services. These resources are designed to help support families and young people with special educational needs.  MyLiferaft was founded by Nicola Murgatroyd following her experiences in caring for her daughter, so she is no stranger to the difficulties parents face in getting support from local authorities.  Read more about Nicola & Faith’s story.

MyLiferaft has recently been added as a Local Offer in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Gloucestershire and West Berkshire.

Care Radio UK

Turn on and tune in to Care Radio UK – wherever you are!  We are so excited to be part of a new venture working alongside Care Radio UK helping to support the care community.

“Care Radio UK is a music-based on-line radio station that caters for Carers and those they care for, in addition to non-carers and anyone who wants to support the care community. It’s an upbeat, entertaining and informative listen that celebrates Carers and the work they do every single day.”


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One of their unique features is their podcasts.  Recent podcasts include Kay Smith who lives with Lupus, where she talks frankly about her life, how the discovery of virtual reality technology eases her pain and why she is determined to live her life to the full while helping others through her campaigning.

There is also a moving interview with Alison Carr who talks about her son Fraser who was nine years old when he contracted encephalitis.  Alison talks openly about her family’s struggle and gives her views on funding for Carers and the testing of her personal resilience.

Translation comes to MyLiferaft

If you or someone who supports you doesn’t speak the same language, then information can sometimes get lost or misunderstood.  With MyLiferaft, you can enter information in your language of choice, share with others who can then choose what language they read it in. This feature is also helpful when carrying out an assessment, as MyLiferaft can act like a translation tool during a face to face meeting.

Additional new functions also include the ability to choose when you want to receive notifications/reminders and you can now message those you share with.

And Finally…!

If you have half-term approaching in a few days, don’t forget to check out our Resources for child-friendly activities for all ages and abilities!

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We love hearing from our MyLiferaft community so if you have something to say, something to share or need support using MyLiferaft, then please contact us via:

It has been a great start to 2019 and we are excited to be moving forward and keeping you updated on our journey.


Nicola Murgatroyd
CEO and Founder of MyLiferaft

Seasons Greetings

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WOW – where did the year go?!

Are you fully embracing the festive season writing lists and wrapping presents or, are you hiding behind a big tin of chocolates trying not to think about everything you have to do!?  Well, which ever camp you fall in to, Christmas is most definitely around the corner!

It has been quite a year for the team here with so much having happened – here’s a snapshot:

  • The new home-page for our website has been launched making it easier for you to find your way around our site.
  • Updates to MyLiferaft have included the addition of messaging, a more colourful interface and streamlining of some features.
  • Ed Moses, Deputy Director of the Department of Health talked about MyLiferaft in a recent speech.
  • We’ve supported more charities and awareness campaigns via our blogs.
  • Our social media reach has grown – thank you for following us and keeping us on our social toes! Please continue to like and share our posts.
  • We were featured in the brilliant UCan2 Magazine – you can read the articles here.
  • We’ve attended several large health and technology exhibitions and have received lots of positive feedback.

Launch of New Subscriptions

In September we launched two new accounts which give you the flexibility to choose the one that works best for you and your family.  All new MyLiferaft subscribers’ are now set up with a Standard account automatically and no payment details are needed!  However, you can also upgrade to a MyLiferaft Premium account at any time to have access to the full range of benefits.  For more details of the two accounts or to try now, click here.

Sofia’s Story

Earlier this year, we shared with you Sofia’s Story which is based on the experiences of MyLiferaft Founder & CEO, Nicola Murgatroyd and her daughter Faith.  We have showed this video to lots of people over the last few months – business leaders, users of MyLiferaft, charities and carers – and all fully understand how MyLiferaft can make a positive change to people’s lives.


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Festive School Holiday Activities

There is always that difficult few days between school breaking up and Father Christmas’s arrival where it can be difficult to keep your children entertained.  Don’t despair as MyLiferaft can help!  We’ve put together a list of activities for all ages and abilities that will keep you and children happy!

  • Make a Christmas wreath – you may be able to use a few bits from the garden or collect twigs, cones and foliage on a walk.
  • If you are into baking, bake some Christmas biscuits and let the children go mad decorating them. This is brilliant albeit a little messy, but at least you have a treat for afternoon tea!
  • Snuggle up with your favourite Christmas movie – and don’t forget the snacks!
  • If you love crafts, then making Christmas bunting to hang round the house and in the children’s bedrooms could while away a few hours!
  • Make some paper snow-flakes to put on the windows.

To see more ideas and suggestions for school holiday activities, see our Resources.  We would love to hear if you have a festive activity that you would like to share with the rest of the MyLiferaft community!  Just send it to

Stress Free Christmas

Getting to the big Ho Ho Ho and then ‘mopping up’ after Christmas can be a stressful time for many; concerns over cost, how to manage family dynamics, maintaining healthy regimes and managing expectations.  Below are links to several websites to give a guiding hand.

New For 2019


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There are exciting times ahead in 2019 for MyLiferaft!

  • We continue to review our website to make sure it is delivering up-to-date information through our blog as well as in our Events and Resources pages.
  • For those of you that use MyLiferaft through your mobile phone, watch out for our improved interface!
  • We are excited to be working with two specialist universities on joint research and how MyLiferaft can make positive changes to people’s lives.

Be sure to keep signed up to our Newsletter so you are the first to hear our news!

We love hearing from our MyLiferaft community, so if you have something to say, something to share or need some support on using MyLiferaft, then please contact us via;

From everyone at the MyLiferaft team, may I personally take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support during 2018, and to wish you a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.



Nicola Murgatroyd
CEO & Founder of MyLiferaft



Autumn Newsletter

MyLiferaft Autumn Newsletter

I think we can truly say that Autumn has arrived with a blaze of glorious colour across the trees and low sun shine blinding those of us in the car on the school run!  It has been a busy Summer for the MyLiferaft team, attending several shows and exhibitions around the country, meeting some amazing people and hearing about their inspiring stories.

We have also launched our new Free Account, rolled out several new features within the system, supported many awareness campaigns through our blogs and visited several specialist schools.  We were hoping things would quieten down, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen!

New Subscription Options

You may have received our Newsletter dedicated to the launch of the new Freemium subscription packages.  You now have the flexibility to choose the subscription option that works best for YOU and YOUR family. Use the Free account or upgrade to the paid Premium account which gives you unlimited access to Trackers, Reports and Goals, as well as the ability to share the information with as many people as you wish.

For more information, see our Subscriptions page.


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Blue Badge Criteria

From 2019, the Blue Badge scheme has been extended to include people with ‘hidden’ disabilities, such as those with autism and mental health issues.  This is a major and positive step forward for both individuals and parent carers who look after a child with a hidden disability.  To find out, visit the Government website.

Q&A With MyLiferaft Founder



We often mention our CEO and Founder, Nicola Murgatroyd, but how much do you really know about her?  Find out the real story that inspired Nicola to create MyLiferaft, her biggest challenges when looking after her daughter Faith and why she is happy to share her Shetland ponies!

It’s Getting Spooky!

The time of witches, wizards, pumpkins and all things scary is fast approaching so make sure you are prepared!  The MyLiferaft team have put together their Top Tips for Halloween:

  • If you are carving pumpkins, then find a good recipe for pumpkin soup.  You can freeze individual portions and take them out of the freezer when needed.
  • Not everyone is comfortable with their door bell ringing constantly on the night of All Hallows Eve, so if you ARE happy to accept Trick or Treaters, then leave a lit pumpkin outside your front door.
  • The little battery-operated tea lights make for a much safer option than candles for lighting up pumpkins.
  • If you are going Trick or Treating, it would be wise to check out your route first if possible.

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Halloween Half-Term fun

Try some of the following suggestions:

  • Stock up on spooky craft activities from Hobbycraft and other craft shops
  • Visit a local National Trust property as many have pumpkin carving and spooky trails for children
  • Get the green and orange food colouring out and bake a Halloween inspired Victoria Sponge!
  • Have a movie afternoon and watch a ‘child friendly’ scary movie
  • Look out for Halloween parties in your local area that are suitable for children


Our website has an Events section where you will find listed a number of local and national events that we think our users would be interested in.  If you are running an event and would like to share it for others to see, then please let us know.  Below are a few of the events coming up during November:

  • Allergy & Free From Show in Liverpool (3-4Nov)
  • Kidz to Adultz in Manchester (8Nov)
  • The Care Roadshow in London (13Nov)
  • The Occupational Therapy Show in Birmingham (21-22Nov)

Social Media

You may have come across MyLiferaft in Twitter and Facebook as we find it is a great way of communicating with not only our users, but other groups and individuals who have a similar outlook to us in helping to support those that need it most.  Please follow us using @myliferaft and keep up-to-date with activities, stories making the news and stories that we think should be making the news!

Best wishes from

The MyLiferaft Team

Summer Newsletter 2018

Summer Newsletter!

Welcome to the Summer Newsletter from the MyLiferaft Team!  If like us you have been making the most of the glorious weather, you may have lost count of the different sun factors to be found in the fridge!

There have been lots of Top Tips on the television, radio and in newspapers for staying cool, however here are a few more from the team:

  • Half fill children’s water bottles with ice-cubes so they stay cooler for longer
  • Use freezer ice sachets in picnics and packed lunches to keep food cold if freezer blocks are too large
  • Keep sun-tan and after-sun in the fridge (this is a favourite of the team!)
  • Join your children in the paddling pool, even if you just dip your feet in!  The water can also be used for watering plants, so you are recycling as well as staying safe!
  • Fill a hot water bottle……wait for it……….with ice cubes & cold water!

Schools Out!


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If you have children, you are probably only a matter of days away from their school breaking for the Summer and whether you are a working parent, or a stay-at-home parent, it pays to plan ahead if you can.  MyLiferaft have a great section in their Resources for ideas and suggestions to help you through the next few weeks, however here are a few more to add to the list!

  • Have a Mini-Masterchef competition and make sure you include tidying up as part of the end result!
  • Create some puppets out of old socks and let the children make up a puppet show for you
  • If the weather is not so great, pull the curtains, get out the pop-corn and have a movie afternoon at home
  • If you have a garden, vegetable plot or allotment, get the children to help with the digging, weeding, collecting and eating your harvest!
  • Use the internet to find what you have in your kitchen to make up science experiments (this one is a favourite with one of the Dad’s in the MyLiferaft team!)

Keep  a record of  what you get up to in your MyLiferaft Journal and share it with friends and family. Don’t have an account yet? Sign up today and use the holidays to update information ready for sharing at the start of next term.

EHC News

A new plan was published by the Government earlier this Summer which would see EHC plans maintained up to the age of 25, where a young person has additional needs and would like to continue their further education.  This allows the individual to continue within the education system much longer than they would have been able to previously whilst being supported by an EHC plan.  To find out more, click here.

The Goals and Actions area in MyLiferaft is an excellent place to document and monitor the goals and actions related to those in the ECH plan. Sharing this section of information with others can help ensure a consistent approach with the aim of  improved progress.

Events & Resources

The MyLiferaft Events page lists events around the country that we feel  would be of interest to our users.  These range from specific shows such as the Autism Shows & Child Care Expo to Kidz to Adultz.  Coming into the Summer, there are not many national events taking place, however if you have an event you would like us to list, please contact us.


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Our Resources section is a one-stop shop of external websites offering help, support, advice and guidance on a number of topics.  If you are looking for information on Dementia, Allergies, Asperger’s, grants, social care, SEND and an extensive list of other subjects around caring for someone with additional needs and/or learning disabilities, then our Resources lists a website that can help you.

Stay In Touch

Many of you have already contacted us with valuable feedback – please keep it coming as your voice really does make a difference.  Contact us via:

Have a great summer.


Nicola & the MyLiferaft Team

May Newsletter

Would it be to soon to say that after the sunny Bank Holiday, Winter is well and truly behind us?!  Fingers crossed as the team here were definitely starting to get ‘cabin fever’ being stuck in with the rain pounding on the windows!  There is lots to update you on in this Newsletter, so let’s crack on! 

Product Enhancements

We have been busy working behind the scenes to make Liferaft bigger, better and offer you more in the way of support.  if you or a loved one have a long-term disability or if you just need somewhere to keep all your information together in one central place, Liferaft is like having a digital personal assistant!

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  • You can now message someone directly from within your Liferaft account to aid communication between everyone in your care circle.
  • Receive email notifications of upcoming events and you choose if you want these immediately, daily, weekly.
  • There is a new selection screen to easily jump to the account of someone you are caring for or someone who is sharing information with you.

Now is a great time to log in to Liferaft and take a look.  If you don’t already have an account, all new accounts get a 30 day FREE no obligation trial of the full Premium Account.  Once you get started, entering information can become addictive and the more you add, the greater the benefits to you.  This Getting Started Guide will help get you started!

Frankie & Lola’s Story

As part of Autism Awareness Week in March, we stumbled across an amazing story about a young fundraiser and her autistic uncle.  We were so touched and moved by their story, that we wanted to find out more and share it with you!  To read more about Lola and Frankie, click here to read our blog.


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Liferaft Supporting the Individual

If you are a young person or an adult that has a long-term disability, we wanted to make you aware of the ways in which Liferaft can help you and your care circle.  It is often very difficult to take ownership for your own care when there is so much to do, lots to remember and different forms to complete.  Liferaft will help empower you to confidently take ownership of all this in one central and secure place.  We want you to be able to:

  • Avoid having to tell your story over and over again to each new carer
  • Keep vital information in one accessible place
  • Maintain continuity of information which in turn can help with continuity of care
  • Give you peace of mind

Having a Liferaft Premium Account can help you with completing elements of the DLA form, keep track of your medication, fill in your Hospital Passport and share your information online with your care circle.

If you would like more information about Liferaft and how it can help you, please click here.

Data Protection Changes

You are probably aware from several of the emails in your inbox over recent weeks that the laws around data protection are changing and that the way that companies communicate via email is changing.  We want to ensure that you are happy for us to continue to sending you Newsletters and as a result, we shall be sending you an email in the next week asking your permission for us to continue to keep in contact.

Epilepsy Awareness Week


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Monday 14 May kicks off a week of activities raising awareness and much needed research funds for epilepsy.  With 87 people being diagnosed with epilepsy every day, it is so important that we understand how we can support friends and family as well as how we can become involved in raising awareness.  To find out more, read our blog.


There are several events going on this month that you may be interested in finding out more about:

Care Roadshow in Liverpool – 15th May

Kidz to Adultz in Farnborough – 17th May

The Transition Event in Coventry – 17th May

For more events or to add a local event to the Liferaft calendar, please click here 

We always love hearing from our users whether it is with feedback or suggestions for new features.  To contact the team, click here


The Liferaft team


Easter Newsletter

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Easter Newsletter

Spring has sprung here at Liferaft!


With Easter quickly approaching and World Autism Awareness Week taking place this week, there is plenty of things to get involved with this month. Read on to see how Liferaft can help you.

Autism Awareness Week


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World Autism Awareness Week began on 26th March and culminates on World Autism Day on 2nd April. The National Autistic Society is the leading UK charity for autistic people, including those with Asperger’s Syndrome, and their families. They run this awareness week each year to raise money and highlight the support needed.

Parents of those with autism worry over the ability to provide effective care for their children. As a parent of a child with disabilities, our founder experienced similar worries when she designed Liferaft, a tool to manage the care of her child.

Since its development, many other parent carers have benefited from its ability to manage care, including parents of children with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Discover how you can benefit from using Liferaft and for more about World Autism Awareness Week.

Easter Holidays


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It can be difficult to keep your children entertained through the school holidays, particularly if they have additional needs.

From Easter Egg hunts around the home to arts and craft afternoons, or enjoying the springtime weather in the local park, our Resources will help spark your imagination for an Egg-tastic Easter!

Don’t miss our list of Resources to make planning your holiday activities easier!

Watch Sofia’s Story

Inspired by the experiences of Liferaft founder & CEO Nicola Murgatroyd and her daughter Faith, Liferaft have launched ‘Sofia’s Story’ – a short video that outlines how Liferaft can help a child, or adult, with long-term care needs, their parents and their care circle.


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Watch our new video and learn about the many ways in which Liferaft can make a positive difference.

Key Events in April

As well as World Autism Awareness Day on 2nd April and the Easter Holidays, there are is a great selection of events taking place this month.

The Care Roadshow 
Glasgow – 17th April, 9:30am – 3:00pm

Care Roadshow Glasgow provides the perfect opportunity to source the latest innovations in the care industry, hear sector updates and enjoy valuable networking opportunities.  Find out more »

Birmingham, 25th-26th April, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Naidex is Europe’s most far-reaching event dedicated to the disability, independent living and healthcare professional sectors, taking place at the NEC Birmingham. Obtain free tickets via the Naidex website.  Find out more »

The Baby & Toddler Show
Glasgow, 27th-29th April, 10:00am – 5:00pm

This show offers over 150 top brands and unique products, at the best prices, alongside expert advice to give new and expectant parents in Scotland everything they need to give their baby the best start.  Find out more »

Create Your Hospital Passport


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Going into hospital is a worrying time for any of us. It can be even harder for someone who has a learning disability.

The Hospital Passport is an NHS initiative to help those with learning difficulties and is designed to give hospital staff additional information to help them understand your child’s needs. This can include their likes and dislikes as well as information about their health and wellbeing.

How does using Liferaft help me complete my Hospital Passport?

When using a Liferaft Premium Account, you only need to add all your critical information once and then update it when something changes.  You then use this information to create your individual Passport.

With Liferaft you can:

  • Download the Hospital Passport and take it with you as a printed copy
  • Email the Hospital Passport to the person who is helping you
  • Share the information directly by inviting others to view it in Liferaft

Happy Easter!


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Look out for our next Newsletter which will bring exciting news about some new features being launched in Liferaft.

With best wishes for Easter.

The Liferaft Team.

February Newsletter


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February Newsletter!


Welcome to your first 2018 newsletter from the Liferaft team


February is a busy month for many of us, with lots of events and activities taking place. For parents, half-term is quickly approaching. Then there’s also the fun of Pancake Day and Valentine’s Day to get involved in!

New Year’s Resolutions

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We traditionally begin every year evaluating what we achieved in the year gone by, and the things we wished we had worked on. The start of a new year is the perfect chance to create a set of resolutions to work towards, from keeping fit to learning a new skill.

If, by February, you feel you’re already starting to waiver, have you considered tracking your progress. Keeping on top of your progress boosts your confidence and helps you focus your energy.

Liferaft’s goals and trackers can help you set and achieve your January Resolutions – it’s not too late so give it a go today!

Half-Term Holidays

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It only seems like a moment ago that children were off for the Christmas Holidays when suddenly the February half-term approaches!

We know that it can be difficult to keep your children entertained, especially when they have additional needs.  Then you have the unpredictable British winter weather to content with……planning activities while your child is off school is no easy task.

To help, the team have come up with a few ideas to spark your imagination:

  • Plan a day out at a local National Trust location
  • Visit a Hobbycraft or other arts and craft shop for creative activities
  • Settle down for a home movie afternoon with homemade popcorn
  • Take a trip to the local museum or library

We have also compiled a list of resources to make your planning easier – whether you want to get away on a family break or find some inspiration – just click here.

Friday 13th Pancake Day!

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This year, February 13th marks one of the yummiest days of the year, Shrove Tuesday – more commonly known as Pancake Day.

If you’re looking to make pancakes with your children, CBeebies have created a simple recipe that you can download and print. Take a look here.

We love Pancake Day here at Liferaft, although we find it hard to agree on what toppings we enjoy the most! From sweet to savoury, MumsNet have a great variety of flavours to try here.

Let us know on Facebook what your favourite pancake fillings and toppings are!

Valentine’s Day Activities

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If Pancake Day wasn’t enough of a treat, the next day is Valentine’s Day!

It’s another opportunity to help children get involved with creative play, developing motor and communication skills.

The AngelSense blog have put together 4 Valentine’s crafts for children with special needs that you can tailor for your child. Find out more about the activities here.

Give the Gift of Liferaft

Take the opportunity to get our Premium Account FREE!

We are offering our Premium Account FREE for 6 months when you sign-up using the code SANTA17 before 28th February 2018.

As a parent carer, a professional carer or someone who lives with a long-term condition, Liferaft can help you and your family.  Our Premium Account allows you to:

  • Reduce the need for repetition of information
  • Keep vital information in one accessible place
  • Share information to ensure continuity of care
  • Have peace of mind

Sign up NOW using the code SANTA17!